A featherweight fight that has been talked about for the past couple of months is now reality.
Max Holloway (24-7) will face The Korean Zombie (17-7) in the main event of UFC Singapore, set to take place on September 26, 2023 at the Singapore Indoor Stadium.
UFC President Dana White announced the booking Thursday, while also officially announcing the promotion’s return to the South-East Asia city-state.
Following UFC Kansas City in April, Holloway, a former featherweight champion and one of the greats of the division, expressed interest in fighting Zombie as part of the upcoming Sydney card, then unannounced but also set for September. Instead, “Blessed” will head to Singapore to fight the multi-time title challenger.
South Korea’s Zombie (properly Chan Sung Jung) has twice competed for featherweight gold, coming up short against both Jose Aldo and Alexander Volkanovski. The 36-year old, who holds notable wins against Frankie Edgar, Dan Ige, Mark Hominick, and Dustin Poirier among others, has not competed since that second title fight, in April of 2022.
Originally, The Korean Zombie was expected to headline a card in his native South Korea this past February. Injury kept him out of it, and the event, already announced by the UFC, was scrapped.
Holloway, who has teased a move to lightweight recently, is 0-3 against current featherweight champion Alexander Volkanovski. He keeps beating everyone else, however, though somewhat incredibly, Max Holloway and TKZ have never before crossed paths.